Geeky Reactions: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer

When it comes to Star Wars, I do my best not to let others influence my opinions. With the current state of the Internet that’s not terribly easy to do. Fortunately for me, I got to watch the new The Force Awakens trailer a few times, and then had to go help my wife with the Black Friday shenanigans at our local small business. Honestly, after being distracted all day long I wasn’t able to stalk the interwebs reading all of the inevitable criticism that that occasionally spews from the Star Wars community. That said, it’s time to talk about what I love about the teaser trailer for a film I hate that I have to wait until next year to watch.

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All I want for Christmas…

Can I please have that lightsaber? I’m sure there are people that are are making this the focus of their criticism. Really, what else do you have to criticize when there’s really nothing else there? For me, it’s the perfect blend of sci-fi and fantasy, and as a die hard fantasy-lover I couldn’t be more intrigued by what Abrams and Disney plan to do with weapons going forward. Lightsabers aside, the X-wings skimming over the water was reminiscent of the Episode IV trench run, and stunningly sweet. The Millennium Falcon’s evasion roll against the TIE-fighters was a classic Han Solo move that just looks amazing.

Outside of the visual effects, we saw two of the actors, not including the dark Jedi, or Sith with the broadsword lightsaber, some stormtroopers and a ball droid. The latter one was a little funky, but the rest was just plain badass. John Boyega in a stormtrooper uniform at first made me think we will get a look at stormtroopers beyond their masks like the clone troopers in the prequels and The Clone Wars. I think this is likely, but my other thought was closer to what Lucas did with Han and Luke in Episode IV. Is Boyega just posing as a stormtrooper? Of course, my other question is what the heck is going on? He looks not only disoriented, but freakishly out of place against the stark Tatooine backdrop. Speaking of our favorite desert planet, most of the action in the trailer not including the dark Jedi/Sith and the X-wings, is focused on Tatooine. Daisy Ridley’s character is seen for a moment fleeing some unseen enemy on a very boxy speederbike, and is quite clearly on Tatooine. Guess what planet the Falcon is evading TIEs on? Clearly Vader’s home world will be a major setting for the film.

I’ve played many Star Wars games, and read countless EU novels, and outside of the films where Hoth is the planet we encounter perpetual snow, the moment with the Dark Jedi/Sith we once again see snow. Is this a new planet, or perhaps one of the many EU/SWTOR planets covered in snow? Illum comes to mind, but that is the SWTOR player within making an appearance. Illum is the where lightsaber crystals form, and maybe, just maybe, that’s where our new lightsaber is crafted? I know it’s not technically canon, but without more information, all I can do is hopefully speculate.

Overall, I’m predictably more excited for The Force Awakens. Music, visuals, and actors are all on point in this teaser, and if that is any indicator, the film’s release is going to be something really unexpected. For me, if what Abrams did with the Star Trek reboot, and what Disney has done with the Marvel Universe is any indicator, the future of the Star Wars franchise is in capable hands indeed. I’m more than ready, but for now, I will hit the interwebs to see what the rest of the community thinks. If for some crazy reason you haven’t seen the trailer, and are reading this post, I pasted it below for your viewing pleasure. You’re welcome.

Geek T of the Day – So Flashy

IMG_9612With the new season of The Big Bang Theory, and my new favorite show The Flash starting this fall, when I saw this T-shirt at the store yesterday it was an easy decision to make. I’m not sure it’s my color, but I’m stoked to own such an iconic geek T. Bazinga!

Geek T of the Day – Winter on the Wall

Winter is coming...

Winter is coming…

With the week off from work, and only three hours of my Clash of Kings audiobook left, this Game of Thrones T-shirt was the right choice for today. My crazy ass dog barks at the horses and dire wolves on screen, so we haven’t made it too far into the TV show, but the books, on the other hand, are absolutely amazing. I hope one day soon that my dog can tell the difference between creatures on TV, and animals that are actually in the room, but until then, I have plenty of audiobooks to pass the time. Winter is coming indeed!

Geek T of the Day – Best Dad Ever?

Even Vader makes breakfast for his kid...right?

Even Vader makes breakfast for his kid…right?

One thing about my job is that I get random weeks off during the school year. If I have a week off, then so do my kids. Today’s T-shirt selection was a reminder to slow down and spend a day we normally wouldn’t have together with my family. We took the girls to sushi and then we went to the movies to see Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. As you can see below, we even stopped off at our local comic book store, Blaqk Door, to gawk over things we will one day maybe hopefully buy. Overall, we had a better day than that family in the movie did!

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Well Rowan, you’re not the only one who wants that sweet Yoda toy

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My youngest girl Zoey, has really good taste in toys

Geek T of the Day – Unity

IMG_9547(1)Today’s Geek T-shirt I got at San Diego Comic-Con for pre-ordering Assasssins Creed Unity. I don’t normally pre-order games so far in advance, but I’m a fan of the franchise and the shirt was too sweet to pass up. Also, to promote the game, just across from the convention center Ubisoft erected an assassin-style obstacle course complete with a 20+ foot Leap of Faith at the end for anyone brave enough to try, or patient enough to wait over three hours to do. Now how could I pass that up? I snapped a few pics while I waited in line.

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My little brother joined me at SDCC this year. Worth the wait for sure.

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Still waiting…

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Leap of Faith!

 

Geek T of the Day – My Pieces of Flair

Anyone who knows me, knows that I wear geeky T-shirts just about every day. It’s one of my “pieces of flair.” The other, of course, are my awesome socks from our little shop called Pippi’s Longstockings. I plan to post a shirt a day on Instagram, but I thought, why not just do it here too? If anything, it’ll get me posted to my overly neglected blog every day. So, without further ado, here are some of the shirts I wore this week. Just in case you’re wondering, most of them are from teefury.com. Enjoy all the geeky T-shirtiness!

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This one is for Archer fans. “I guess I blacked out because I don’t remember stabbing him at all. ” -Cheryl

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Two shiny new Guardians of the Galaxy T-shirts. I’m pretty sure the answer is: “I am Groot”

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Just in time for new Big Bang Theory episodes! Bazinga!

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Man, I hate this word, but I love this T-shirt! MTFBWYA

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Live long and…craw?